Guest Commentary: Alaska needs federal help - and a lot of advertising

By Frank Murkowski

The Canadian government recently announced that cruise ship arrivals and departures from Canadian ports will be cancelled until February 2022 - the news is a shock to our entire state.

Before the coronavirus, it was estimated that cruise ship visitors to Alaska last year would exceed 1.3 million. Polling indicates that the majority of U.S. cruise ship passengers choose Alaska as their No. 1 preferred destination, but that dream has evaporated this year, devastating Alaska's economy.

In addition, also because of the pandemic, the Canadian government has restricted Alaska-boun...


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